South by Southwest

The Texas Bluebonnets in bloom have long been on my “Must See” list, and yesterday we hitched up Ollie and are heading to the Lone Star state.  We’ve made it as far as Lexington, KY where we’re enjoying a relaxing stay at the lovely Fort Boonesborough State Park, just south of the city.  We arrived early in the day, hoping for a hike and/or bike ride, but the torrential rains that had followed us all day lingered into the afternoon with off and on deluges.  Here are a few photos taken between the downpours.

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Daffodils in bloom in Fort Boonesborough State Park

This park is home to the remnants of the fort built by Daniel Boone and company in 1775 on the banks of the Kentucky River.  A plaque marks the place where a “Divine Elm” stood that could shade 100 people beneath its boughs.

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Ollie can be spotted on the other side of Sycamore Hollow

A short drive down the road led to a lovely old relic, complete with family graveyard.

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Westward ho!

Our drive through West Virginia gave us a good, long look at this “wild and wonderful” state.  A quick overnight at Riffle Run, (an Army Corps of Engineers campground – always a good bet, and 1/2 price with the National Park Senior Pass) before we pressed on to Lexington Kentucky, where the “unbridled spirit” is alive and well.  Miles and miles and miles and miles of exquisite horse farms cover the landscape, and we camped at the Kentucky Horse Park where we spent a delightful afternoon exploring the museum, barns, and beautiful grounds that honor all things equine, especially the race horse.

One of the highlights was meeting some of the champions of the past, with video snippets of their wins at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, Belmont, etc.  Go for Gin, winner of the 1994 Kentucky Derby, was one of our favorites.  Here he is, then and now.

Today we crossed our old friend, the Mississippi River, bringing back fond memories of  our Great River Road trip last spring.

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